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YouTube Changes Opening Day Music Chart Rankings to Exclude Advertising Views

YouTube has become a cultural measure of a songs popularity. It’s something fans, artists and labels all point to as a sign of success. Yesterday, the company made changes to the YouTube Music Charts, including how videos make it to the top of 24-hour debuts. YouTube Music Charts will no longer count paid advertising views towards the […]

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Facebook Launches $10M Contest For Deepfake Detection Tool Development

Facebook just announced a partnership with Microsoft and seven universities to launch a Deep Fake Detection Challenge. The contest offers a $10 million prize to spur the development of methods to identify, AI altured videos known as deepfakes.  Artificial intelligence being used to superimpose a person’s face and voice on another individual are sometimes easily spotted. […]

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Database With 419M Facebook Users Phone Numbers Found Online, Unrelated Facebook Is Starting A Dating Service

A database with the phone numbers of more than 419 million Facebook users was found online. The data, found on an unsecured cloud storage instance included phone numbers, Facebook user IDs and incomplete records of the user’s country, name and gender. Facebook may not be singularly responsible. According to TechCrunch the data may have originated from […]

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Facebook Says They Will Shut Down Fake Accounts Form Homeland Security

Facebook is still cracking down on fake accounts, this time the target is the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Speaking with the Associated Press on Tuesday Facebook said the department is no different from everyone else and the company will shut down fake accounts, including those belonging to undercover law enforcement, when they are reported. That spokesperson […]

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YouTube’s AI Has Removed A Lot Of Content For Hate Speech, But It May Be The Wrong Content They Are Removing

In a blog post, YouTube says it has removed over 100,000 videos and more than 17,000 channels from April to June for violating its new hate speech rules. This is five times more than YouTube removed in the previous three months. The company also took down over 500 million comments for hate speech. YouTube attributed […]

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YouTube Will Reportedly Pay A Fine of $150M – $200M After FTC Probe

Politico reports that Google will be shelling out between $150 and $200 million to settle an FTC regulatory probe into children’s privacy on YouTube. The investigation launched last year following an massive joint appeal from 20 advocacy groups. Who claim YouTube violated the COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) by collecting data of users younger than 13 […]